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Oh, Cora! CORA: (Heard above) Yes, sir, Colonel Tom. NORWOOD: I want to know if that child of yours means to leave here this afternoon? CORA: (At head of steps now) Yes, sir, she’s goin’ directly. I’s gettin’ her ready now, packin’ up an’ all. ’Course, she wants to tell you goodbye ’fore she leaves. NORWOOD: Well, send her down here. Who’s going to drive her to the railroad? That train leaves at three—and it’s after two now. You ought to know you can’t drive ten miles in no-time. CORA: (Above) Her brother’s gonna drive her.

Hurry, chile! ROBERT: Yes, mama. I can go out the front way now, easy. But if I see they gonna get me before I can reach the swamp, I’m coming back here, ma, and (Proudly) let ’em take me out of my father’s house, if they can. (He pats the gun under his shirt) They’re not going to string me up to some roadside tree for the crackers to laugh at. CORA: (Moaning aloud) Oh-o-o! Hurry! Hurry, chile! ROBERT: I’m going, ma. (He opens the door and the sunset streams in like a river of blood) CORA: Run, chile!

Grandly) Am I not Mr. Norwood, Junior? ) CORA: (Utterly serious) I believes you goin’ crazy, Bert. I believes you wants to get us all killed or run away or something awful like that. I believes . . ) WILLIAM: Where’s Bert? He ain’t come round back. (Seeing his brother in the room) How’d you get in here? ROBERT: (Grinning) Houses have front doors. WILLIAM: Oh, usin’ de front door like de white folks, heh? You gwine do that once too much. ROBERT: Yes, like de white folks. What’s a front door for, you rabbithearted coon?

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